Pratt requires a visual or writing portfolio for all majors but construction management. All portfolios (writing and visual) must be uploaded at pratt.slideroom.com. Portfolio requirements for high school and transfer applicants are described below. See details below for your major. Note that your portfolio is due by the application deadline. Deadlines are online.
High School Applicant Requirements
Students applying to any of the majors below must submit a visual portfolio, described below. Note that a writing sample is not required for the majors listed below.
Architecture (please do not include AutoCAD drawings or Floorplans)
Art and Design Education (HS Art Teacher Preparation/Certification)
AOS/AAS Programs (except construction management and game design)
Communications Design (graphic design, illustration,)
Fine Arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and integrated practices, jewelry)
Digital Arts (2-D animation, 3-D animation and motion arts, interactive arts)
Undecided Art and Design
History of Art and Design (B.F.A) (See below for the B.A. requirements)
Visual Portfolio: Your visual portfolio should consist of 12-20 (including observational drawings (see below) pieces of your best and most recent work. It should consist of a variety of media and approaches. It can include assignment-based projects, self-directed work and sketchbook work, which often give us information on the applicant’s creative process. The portfolio does not need to be major-specific and can include any type of work including paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, etc. Please do not include work that copies photographs, uses the grid system or directly replicates any other artist's work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs).
In addition to the above, students must submit three to five drawings from observation (part of the 12-20 pieces). Examples of observational work include landscape, still-life, self-portrait, figure drawings, and interior spaces. Please do not submit drawings from imagination or copied from photographs for the observational work. This is fine, however, for pieces other than observational work.
Download the “Portfolio Advice” PDF at the bottom of this page under downloads for more information. Please do not include text in your images. You may use the description section to discuss your motivation, inspiration, the size of the work.
Photography: applicants to the photography program may submit a portfolio of 12-20 photographs or a visual portfolio as described above under “Visual Portfolio.” Photography applicants are not required to submit three to five observational drawings, however it is strongly encouraged as your first year at Pratt will include drawing, painting, sculpture. Portfolios must be uploaded at pratt.slideroom.com. A writing sample is not required.
Construction Management: this program does not require a portfolio submission.
Writing, Critical and Visual Studies, and B.A. in History of Art and Design: applicants are required to submit a writing portfolio with samples of their writing (no more than ten pages). Writing applicants may submit poetry, short stories, and excerpts from novels, articles, and essays. Please submit one example of analytical writing. We encourage you to submit several examples of your writing in different styles. If you submit poetry, you must also submit some prose. Critical and Visual Studies and B.A. in History of Art and Design applicants should submit examples of analytical writing.
Writing samples must be uploaded to Slideroom at pratt.slideroom.com under Media as a pdf. If you are unable to create a pdf, please upload a word document under Attachments on Slideroom.
Film: applicants to the film program must choose from either Option 1 or Option 2 below, but all film applicants must submit the writing sample in C below.
A visual portfolio as described above. Applicants may also include a three-minute-maximum video for which the applicant has primary creative control in addition to work in other media.
A) Video: A brief 3–5 minute video in which you had primary creative control. This may be fiction, documentary, or experimental in approach, and it may be silent or include sound, but it must reflect your aesthetic, intellectual, and emotional interests. It must be submitted on Slideroom at pratt.slideroom.com.
B) Graphic Series: A series of photographs you have taken or drawings you have made which, when viewed in a sequence, tells a simple story, or portrays an original character or place. Include a brief (less than one page) written narrative about the character, place, or story you’ve created. (It must be submitted on Slideroom).
C) Writing Sample (All film applicants must submit C below)
Option 1: Write about a milestone, an unexpected encounter or an event that was a turning point in your life. And then include some strategies you might use to tell that story through image and sound.
Option 2: Describe in detail a moment from a film or any other art form that you find particularly moving. What was its effect on you? How has it influenced you? What techniques do you feel the filmmaker/artist used to accomplish such impact?
(Your treatment must be submitted on Slideroom at pratt.slideroom.com as a pdf in the Add Media section.)
AOS in Game Design and Interactive Media: applicants to the game design program must choose from either Option 1 or Option 2 below, but all game design applicants must submit the writing sample in C below
A visual portfolio as described above.
Applicants may submit an original game proposal including at least three of the following five elements. The proposal can be for any type of game.
5) World/Visual Descriptions
Writing Sample: Describe in detail the impact that a game has made on you. Applicants may write about any aspect of the game which impacted them the most. What effect did it have on you? How has it influenced you? What techniques do you feel the game developers use to achieve this impact?
All portfolios (writing and visual) must be submitted at pratt.slideroom.com.
Submitting Your Portfolio: You must submit your portfolio at pratt.slideroom.com. You will be able to edit it online until you press the "submit" button, and you will receive immediate confirmation that we received your work. Your portfolio must be submitted by the application deadline.
All submitted materials, including the portfolio, become the property of Pratt Institute. Portfolios submitted in any format other than Slideroom will not be returned or held for pickup. Do not email images to us; do not send CDs or slides. We do not review personal websites.
Admissions reviews done during National Portfolio Days or by appointment off-campus do not fulfill the applicant's visual requirement. They are for guidance only.
The transfer portfolio requirements are the same as the freshman requirements if you have not taken art courses in your previous college or have not taken the foundation year and will enter as a freshman transfer. Transfer applicants who have taken art courses should include 3–5 examples of work from each studio class at their previous college in order to be reviewed for credit. Transfer students may submit up to 45 images.
Architecture transfers: All architecture transfer applicants must submit a visual portfolio. Applicants who have not taken architecture design studio courses in their previous post-secondary school should submit a portfolio according to the freshman requirements and will automatically be placed into the first year of design. Transfer applicants who have taken architecture design courses should include examples of work that reflect all design projects at their previous schools. The number of images in the architecture portfolio will reflect the number of projects completed for a maximum of 45 images. The architecture students seeking the transfer of studio credit must use Slideroom to upload their images at pratt.slideroom.com.
See instructions above for submitting your portfolio.
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